Chelmsford is fairer with a Lib Dem Council
The Liberal Democrats campaigned in the local elections to make Chelmsford Safer, Greener, Fairer and Better Connected. Below are some of the policy changes and actions that your Liberal Democrat-led City Council has undertaken in the first six months.
Making Chelmsford Fairer
Reducing homelessness and rough sleeping a priority. With 15-25 people sleeping rough and 270 homeless families, there is a huge task ahead. The council convened the first ever round-table meeting of over 30 public sector and voluntary organisations dealing with rough sleeping. Under Lib Dem leadership, the council will pro-actively take responsibility for coordinating the way in which rough sleepers' needs are addressed, and not just comply with basic statutory responsibilities.
Address the shortage of more affordable homes and the best way of financing them via the new Affordable Housing Working group, which is driving the development of a housing strategy.
Agreed a suitable strategy for increasing investment returns.
Reviewed and made changes to the Council's property strategy, ensuring that it meets the needs of citizens.
Make it easier to apply for grants for local projects by integrating the grants and Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) processes into a single, coherent process.
More news about a fairer Chelmsford
Article: Oct 8, 2021By Samantha Dordoy in Chelmsford City Life
Accommodation to stop ex-offenders from living on the streets when they are released from prison has been secured for Chelmsford. The Lib Dem-led City Council and two other agencies working in Chelmsford have secured £100,000 for this work.
Prisoners who are released without homes to go to after serving their time can end up sleeping in public places, spiralling quickly into difficulties and - in some cases - falling back into offending.
Article: Sep 22, 2021By Sarah Olney
Shelves are bare and prices will rise. By refusing to work with the European Union, Boris Johnson's woeful government has made importing and exporting goods much harder.
Their needless belligerence towards our neighbours has devastated the national supply chain. The skilled worker visa system brings high costs, inflexibility and bureaucracy. It's too hard to hire from the EU, and many EU nationals have gone home. And that's all thanks to this divisive government.
Article: Sep 21, 2021
In 2019/20, 4.9 million women were victims of sexual assault in England and Wales. This statistic is appalling. The Lib Dems have set out a plan to put an end to this.
The justice system is failing victims of domestic abuse. Only 2.4% of reported rape cases end in convictions. Out of 139,000 rapes estimated by the ONS, only 58,848 were reported to the police.
Article: Sep 20, 2021
Our society is a brilliant one. Our democratic system goes back hundreds of years and we are committed to the fair rule of law. We have a fantastic tradition of education, creativity and innovation.
We have incredibly strong institutions. This is clear in the fact our National Health Service has bent over backwards to support us through this pandemic. As much as possible we contribute to key international organisations to support a cooperative global system.
Article: Aug 28, 2021
Many councils have told the Government that they are happy to welcome Afghans to the UK, but the Government must fully-fund the costs of relocating. Chelmsford Council Leader Stephen Robinson has written a letter, signed by other Lib Dem Council Leaders, to the Minister for Local Government
The letter reminds the Minister of the housing crisis in most parts of the country, and how benefit levels don't meet actual rent costs. So the Government must cover these additional costs plus the costs to councils of helping to support these new residents.